Much to our disappointment, Governor Christie vetoed NJEA's ESP due process rights bill (S-2163) on July 18, saying the bill will impose “burdensome and expensive administrative procedures on every school district.” NJEA members have worked hard all year to secure the bipartisan bill’s passage in both houses of the Legislature. Unfortunately, Governor Christie’s reasons for vetoing the bill demonstrate that he does not believe all school employees deserve to be treated fairly and equally in disciplinary matters.
Because of this failure to enact common sense and fair legislation, school employees will not be treated in the same manner and will not be protected by the most basic right to due process already afforded to certificated staff and almost all public sector employees. Read the Governor’s Absolute Veto message to the Senate.
NJEA’s other ESP rights bill, S-1191, to provide job protections when subcontracting is threatened, is still on the Governor’s desk awaiting action. Members are encouraged to call his office at (609) 292-6000 and urge him to sign S-1191.